continued Eighth graders Aubrey Lynn and Jackie Aberi sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” while tenth graders Calvin Bohrer and Jeffrey Kringer played taps at all three stops.
While the wreaths were laid and the prayer given at St. Mary’s Cemetery, thunder rumbled in the distance and dark clouds began to become visible. As the parade marched down Jordan Street, rain started to sprinkle and shortly turned into a strong downpour. By the time all the parade members reached Lakeview cemetery on East Genesee Street, however, the rain had ceased and the sun came out.
At Clift Park, Reilly told everyone about the new plaque for Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans and active duty members that the memorial committee is currently planning, and asked for the community’s assistance in getting every local name for the memorial. McLennan then introduced the day’s main speaker, Col. Earl A. Evans, mission support group commander for the 174th Fighter Wing at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, who spoke about the history of the Memorial Day holiday and the need to honor and take pride in the veterans and service members “who fought and died to keep America free.”
Village Trustee Sue Jones, who rode with the rest of the village board in a car in the parade, said the Memorial Day parade is “one of the great community events in our town. I’m so proud to honor the veterans, to see them in uniform and know what they did is pretty special.”
Jack Haggerty, an Air Force major, summed up the morning well when he said, “It’s like Norman Rockwell; this is what Skaneateles is all about.”
Jason Emerson is editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at email@example.com.